Letters to the Editor - Dec. 1, 2010


Published: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, November 30, 2010 at 1:46 p.m.

Yes, bring the troops home from abroad

In response to the Nov. 28 letter by Frederick Lussky: Yes, all U.S. troops should be withdrawn from Korea, Japan, Germany, Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a Sun editorial points out, in 2010 we spent $105 billion in Afghanistan. To kill about 10 alleged Taliban a week. Let the super-rich Saudis fight that war, it's in their neck of the woods.

If a real need arises, for example the situation now in Korea, the U.S. should be available to assist. But Americans must realize that Congress and perhaps our president is controlled by the Military Industrial Complex. That's where the power and money is and that's what has always ruled, and ultimately brought about our demise.

E-mail the president at: president@messages.whitehouse.gov.

Jerry Jenkins,

Micanopy

Here's a new use for the old Mom's Kitchen

The city should open Mom's Kitchen for the homeless. Employ the homeless to run it, cook, serve, clean it up and fix it up.

My family has eaten there. It is spacious enough with a kitchen adequate to accommodate and feed 200 people if needed. Let's put it to good use rather then let it sit idle; or at least use it to give the homeless shelter from the cold weather.

Gene Collister,

Gainesville

We are on the road to political gridlock

We are already hearing conservatives, Republicans, tea partiers and libertarians starting to "dis" each other vociferously in preparation for, I guess, the next opportunity to seize power and wealth.

Since all do seem, by turns, to be strangely indebted, hard-headed, stubborn and/or obstinate about their methods, "the highway" (as in "my way or the highway!") is starting to get really crowded!

So, maybe the rest of us better be looking for some good "work-arounds," or preparing for absolutely nothing to be done about any problems or urgent needs, far into the foreseeable future. Is anarchy actually starting to happen?

Nina Postlethwaite,

Gainesville

Is it a hate crime or just another arson?

There are more than 2,000 mosques in the U.S., so a fire in the office of any one (even if it was the mosque attended by an aspiring mass-murderer named Mohamed O. Mohamud) doesn't point to intolerance any more than any one of the 300 or so church arsons each year.

In fact, as the insurance industry points out in its latest newsletter ("Fake hate crimes may disguise some arsons") at www.insurancefraud.org, other motives exist.

Henry Gotsch, Jr.,

Newberry

Old signs come down, and new signs go up

I was glad to see that all (well almost all) of the political signs pertaining to the Nov. 2 election have been removed from our roadways.

But as soon as the old signs were down, up sprung new signs for the city elections.

Can't we establish a window of time prior to elections when signs can be erected, say 45 days out?

A short reprieve would be appreciated.

Linda White

Founder,

Keep Alachua County

Beautiful

Gainesville

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